7th April is celebrated each year globally as World Health Day under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). The day aims to draw attention to important health issues facing the world each year. This time the themes of World Health Days for 2016 is Halt the rise: beat diabetes.
In 1948, World Health Assembly was first held in Geneva by the WHO where it was decided to celebrate the World Health Day annually on 7th of April. It was first celebrated worldwide in the year 1950 as the World Health Day. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme.
WHO is a vast health organization working under UN for addressing the health issues on a global basis. Since its establishment it has addressed serious health issues including chickenpox, polio, smallpox, TB, leprosy and etc from various developing countries. It has played a significant role aiming to make the world a healthy world.
World Health Day is celebrated worldwide by the government, non-government, NGOs including various health organizations at many places by organizing programmes relating to the public health issues and awareness. Varieties of activities are done in the conference of health workers to encourage people to maintain their health.
So question arise why World Health Day is Celebrated – World Health Day celebration focuses on increasing the life expectancy by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits. Youths of the new era are also targeted by this event to prevent and make them healthy to make the world healthy and free from AIDS and HIV. WHO has also spotted Disease spreading vectors like mosquitoes (malaria, dengue fever, filaria, chikungunya, yellow fever etc), ticks, bugs, sand flies, snails to make the world free from a wide range of diseases caused by parasites and pathogens.
Some of the objectives of why it is being celebrated yearly are listed below:
To provide detail knowledge of getting prevented from various diseases and their complications, To promote self care among people, To motivate the worldwide health authorities to make their own efforts in creating the healthy environments in their country.
So this year take some time to spread the word about how you and your neighbors can improve the world’s health on this World Health Day and play a big part in helping to promote global health all around.